The Wild West

.. and fortune, he enlisted in the Third Colorado Cavalry under Colonel Chivington and was at the infamous Sand Creek Massacre. After the cavalry, Breakenridge became a train brakeman for the Southern Pacific Railroad and then a storekeeper in Sidney, Nebraska. In 1878, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he took the job as deputy Sheriff. He then moved to Tombstone and became deputy sheriff under Sheriff John Behan. During the late 19th Century no area in the United States was a haven and a refuge for criminals like the Indian Territory, pre-statehood Oklahoma.

The jurisdiction of this territory fell to the United States court for Western Arkansas, located at Fort Smith, Arkansas. The court was the largest federal court in United States history covering over 75,000 square miles. In 1875, Judge Isaac C. Parker, was given the task of cleaning up the territory by President Ulysess Grant. It would not be an easy task. Parker authorized the hiring of 200 deputy U.S.

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marshals to sweep out of the territory and arrest felons and fugitives. William Bat Masterson was born on Nov. 24, 1853, in Quebec, Canada, he was one of seven children. When William was still a child, the Materson moved to a farm in Illinois. On the farm, he learned how to shoot, hunt, and about hard work.

His first gun was an old black powder rifle musket and he practiced shooting whenever he had a chance. He was 17, when William and his older brother Ed left the farm and looked for adventure in Kansas. They went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad. They contracted with the foreman, a man named Ritter, to grade the railroad bed. They were to be paid $300 when the job was done.

When finished, the two went to collect their money, but were told by Ritter, that there was no money available and to come back next spring. Ed went back to the farm, but William stayed in the area and joined a buffalo hunting outfit. His first job was to spend 12 hours a day staking buffalo hides in the sun. Because of his shooting ability, he later became a buffalo hunters in the camp, where he earned up to $100 a day. Born July 29, 1852, Commodore Perry Owens was named after naval hero Commodore Oliver Perry. He left his Tennesse home at an early age and spent some time in Indiana before following the cattle trails west in his late teens.

With his long blond hair, hand-tooled chaps, sombrero, and a long barreled Colt .45 with a double row of ammunition on his gun belt, Perry was a site to be seen, even in the Wild West. In 1882, he rode into Arizona and he became a foreman in Navajo Springs. During this time, he chased and killed several rustlers and his reputation as a fast draw and deadly gunman started. Charles Angelo Siringo was born in Texas and worked as a cowhand from the time he was thirteen. At twenty-two he went out to join the search for 17-year-old killer Billy the Kid but was forced to give up after he lost all his money gambling. Siringo later worked as a grocer in Kansas for two years.

Dallas Stoudenmire stood about six-foot-four, had dark brown hair and green eyes. He was born in Macon County, Alabama, in 1845, and after enlisting three times in the Confederate Army (the military kept discharging him because of his age), he came West at war’s end. In the vicinity of Columbus, Texas, he built a reputation as a gunman. William Matthew Tilghman was born at Fort Dodge, Iowa, on July 4, 1854. His parents moved to Fort Ridgeley, Minnesota, where his father was an army seargent, then on to a farm near the Missouri River, several miles from Atchison, Kansas, when the boy was only two years old.On the outbreak of the Civil War the father joined the Union Army as a quartermaster, and his oldest son, Richard, became a drummer boy.

Young Bill, only eight, was left behind to help on the farm. It was quite a job for an eight-year-old boy to plough the fields, reap the crops, and keep food on the table.It was during this period that Bill Tilghman became an expert with rifle, shotgun, knife, and pistol. When his father returned from the war he was blind, and Bill’s brother had married and moved from the farm. Two years later, however, Bill’s father regained the use of one eye and was able to resume some of the work on the farm. THE WOMEN Calamity Jane’s may have been second only to Buffalo Bill in exaggerating her early life exploits into something that only a dime store novelist would believe.

Many of those exciting adventures came from Calamity herself, and most of them could not be corroborated by others. With this is mind, it is difficult to determine which stories should be retold as fact. Calamity was born in Princeton, Missouri, on May 1, 1852. Her maiden name was Martha Cannary. Her parents were natives of Ohio, and she had two younger brothers and three younger sisters.

Pearl Hart was the last person ever to rob a stagecoach and the only woman ever known to have robbed one. Pearl Taylor was born in Ontario, Canada to a well to do family. Her family sent her to the finest schools available during the early 1880’s and in 1888 she met and fell in love with Frederick Hart. Frederick Hart was a gambler, who lost more money then he won, and Pearl’s life with him was a tough one. The couple traveled to the Columbian Exposition of 1893, in Chicago, where Pearl worked odd jobs.

At the Exposition, she saw various Wild West shows depicting the heroes and myths of the Old West. She was so completely overwhelmed by these story’s and theatrics that she abruptly left her husband and moved to Colorado. Born in 1848 in the town of Carthage, Missouri, Myra Belle Shirley (later to become the notorious Belle Starr) was one of three children. After her older brother was killed, the family moved to Scyene, Texas, just outside of Dallas. History Essays.